Wild River Review and Minerva’s Bed & Breakfast Presents – “BITTER” Writing in a Weekend:
How to Write About the Things We Can’t Change

“I merely took the same energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

-Duke Ellington

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In the midst of a fruitless job search?

An unspeakably bad breakup?

Headlines that make you scratch your head and whince?

A winter that left you bereft?

This workshop is for YOU. Why not use bitterness, hardship and anxiety to your creative advantage?   Or, if you aren’t bitter at all, learn why your characters should struggle with their demons on the page. Come bask in the company of other writers for a weekend of sun, fun and creativity.

Join us at Minerva’s Bed & Breakfast for our “Bitter” Writing in a Weekend workshop.

In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Turn your bitterness into compelling prose
  • Find (or relocate) your inner voice and use it
  • Silence the inner critic in your head
  • Keep your hand moving on the page
  • Get to the heart of it
  • Share without shame
  • Laugh, cry and more…
You’ll also get to participate in our Saturday Night Slam! What’s that? You gotta show to know!
Wild River Facilitators, Kim Nagy and Jill Sherer Murray are friends with almost 50 years in the writing business, and, believe you me, we know about agony. (What do you think we’re still writing about?) In addition to being accomplished writers, editors, faciltators, bloggers, authors and overall word geeks, we are compassionate people who know that this too shall pass…so long as we get it down on the page.
Who should attend?  Writers (and non-writers) of all levels are welcome.
When: Friday, April 25-April 27
Where: Minerva’s Literary Bed and Breakfast is located in beautiful Barnegat Light, NJ (Here’s the website for more information)
How do I sign up? Easy. Reserve your spot for a weekend of guided inspiration by contacting 609-494-1000 or emailing Kim at

Kimberly Nagy

Kimberly Nagy, Contributor

Kimberly Nagy

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In 2006, Kimberly Nagy founded Wild River Review with Joy E. Stocke; and in 2009, they founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.  With more than twenty years in the field of publishing, Nagy specializes in market outreach and digital media strategies as well as crafting timeless articles and interviews. She edits many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

Kimberly Nagy is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticat, historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.

After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers—Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor MagazineRoutledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

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The Triple Goddess Trials: Fire in the Head: Brigit’s Mysterious Spark
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KHWAJA – Waqas Khwaja: What a Difference a Word Makes
MAURO: New World Monkeys: An Interview with Nancy Mauro
MORGANSing, Live, & Love Like You Mean It: An Interview with Bertha Morgan
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Emma Lapsansky

Emma Lapsansky

Emma Lapsansky

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Emma Lapsansky is Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford University. She teaches courses in American history, specializing in Quaker history and popular culture in 19th-century America. Her courses examine the relationship between religious movements and political and social life. Recently, Professor Lapsansky has developed a set of courses that explore the history and theory of social “class”, especially as class is conceptualized and portrayed in documentary films. She also teaches history courses in the college writing program.

Lapsansky’s new research focuses on how American Quaker families and communities have maintained cohesiveness in the wake of nineteenth-century theological schisms, and the internal controversies engendered by Friends various responses to the American Civil War and to subsequent challenges to their historic peace testimony and social responsibility concerns? Through the lens of a braided intergenerational biography of a Bryn Mawr Quaker family, this study will explore these questions.

Back to Africa: Benjamin Coates and the Colonization Movement in America, 1848-1880: Edited by Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, and Edited by Margaret Hope Bacon 
The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans  
Quaker Aesthetics: Reflections on a Quaker Ethic in American Design and Consumption, 1720-1920, eds. Emma Lapsansky and Anne A. Verplanck (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003).

Emma Lapansky in this Edition

Jill Sherer Murray

Jill Sherer Murray

Jill Sherer Murray

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Jill Sherer Murray is a TEDx speaker and an award-winning journalist and communications leader who can trace every success in her career (and love life) to letting go. In her current role, she leads a team of creatives in developing education and marketing campaigns for a national consulting firm.  She currently writes a column called Big Wild Love: Let Go For It℠ for the award-winning digital magazine

A writer, marketer, blogger, and speaker, Jill spent much of her career unleashing fresh new communications strategies to brands like Gatorade, Ikea, and Hewitt Associates. She spent a year studying improvisation comedy at the famous Second City Training Center in Chicago. And another five years writing a popular blog called “Diary of a Writer in Mid-Life Crisis” for Jill also let go of just about everything to put her weight in Shape Magazine—12 times—as part of a year-long assignment to document her weight loss journey for six million readers.

Jill holds a Master of Science degree in Communications from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University. She let go of city living to set down roots in the suburbs of Doylestown, PA, with her husband Dan, rescue dogs Winnie and Elvis, and way too many shoes. Her talk helps others realize what letting go really means—winning.